The Longborough Podcast

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The Longborough podcast series was born out of the Covid lockdown. We'll be welcoming lots of our friends from the world of opera and the arts, including singers, players, directors, conductors and more, for what will be some thought-provoking discussions. We hope you'll join us too.

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Alternatively listen with the player below. Transcripts are available in the episode links on this page.


What is a podcast?

A podcast is like a radio show, but accessed through the internet. 

How do I use it?

You can listen to this podcast through your web browser by visiting anchor.fm/longboroughfestivalopera or by using an app, such as Spotify, and then searching for "The Longborough podcast".


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Episode 3: An in-depth look at Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen

Conductor Justin Brown and director Olivia Fuchs chat to music journalist Richard Bratby about this incredible work: Janáček's musical language; his parallels to Wagner; and why grown adults would want to see an opera about talking animals.

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Episode 2: Wagner's Women, with Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough and Lee Bisset

Writer and librettist Sophie Rashbrook chats to the historian Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough and soprano Lee Bisset, who was set to have been Brünnhilde in Wagner's Die Walküre at Longborough in the postponed 2020 season. In their discussion, they explore the roles and mythical origins of Wagner’s women.

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Episode 1: Wotan's Journey, with Anthony Negus and Paul Carey Jones

Music journalist Richard Bratby chats to Longborough's Music Director Anthony Negus and bass-baritone Paul Carey Jones, who was scheduled to sing Wotan in Wagner's Die Walküre at Longborough in the postponed 2020 season. In their discussion they trace Wotan's journey through Wagner's Ring cycle.